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administration, president obama's administration, charged with this duty is the director of office of management and budget, historically that has been the case. but my concerns go deeper than that. i believe that every public official in this nation owes an absolute loyalty to the united states, to the betterment of this country and its government. and to the institutional processes that lead to the governing of america. there can be no doubt that every government official from the president on down is accountable to the institutions of our government and to the people, ultimately, without doubt the direction of o.m.b., the director of o.m.b. has such a duty. he's required to meet that duty with honor, honesty, efficiency, and responsiveness. he serves us. we don't serve him. he serves the american people. the american people send their money to washington and they expect it will be honestly and openly managed, accountable. they have every right to demand high performance from all officials, but particularly the director of the office of office of management and budget. surely there can be no h
with president obama's proposal in the first place and they eventually voted for when they passed the bill through the house. the second thing they are saying is this is not that significant in size, but they are saying the way they are that good across the entire government, across-the-board cuts is harmful, so they should be targeted to better places and the way they are implemented in obama needs to come together to find a better place to implement them. >> house democrats have their own plan for averting the sequestered. can you invite as sinister a chance to get voted on? >> house democrats released a proposed that one third spending cut into thirds tax increases. spending cuts hit the farm subsidies and then a tax increase you remember the so-called buffet wrote, which is an alternative minimum tax for people who earn over $1 million a year in income and would set their tax rate is at least 30%. a lot of times they were tax rate reductions and other loopholes. so those are the two main parts of that plan announced their proposal. the white house spin assembler as well. >> can you tel
leadership, the faith-based leadership, and, again, a shout out to president obama, his cabinet and the members on both sides of the aisle that stood by this region, the gulf coast, to rebuild after all of these years. and, mr. president, in conclusion, it's my only hope that after passing the sandy supplemental we will stand united with the northeast as they rebuild bigger, better, stronger, hosting the next super bowl, which is a real symbol of resurgence and rebuilding and resurrection. thank you, mr. president. and i yield the floor. mr. harkin: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from iowa. mr. harkin: mr. president, this week is a milestone for working families across america. 20 years ago this week, president bill clinton signed into law the family and medical leave act. you know, there are many laws that we pass here in washington that most americans never have reason to know or care about. the fmla, by contrast, has changed this country in profoundly important ways. it has touched the lives of millions of working families. it's almost hard to imagine today
-- work for facebook and left in order to work for the barack obama campaign. that is something that was anything but short and was consistent with the kind of things chris hughes has been talking about which is trying to live a life would have a genuine impact, a direct positive impact on delighting hour the words that you have yours. less than a year ago, he purchased dominant control of a publication in the new republic that was also in failing health and has made a awful lot of dust and caused a lot of interest because he was not only publisher and editor-in-chief but he was actively engaged reshaping it and had career ambitions to make the new republic something that would be among the most influential and the most important idea magazine in the country. he is serious about high-quality journalism. that is the thing that he talks about again, but his focus is not just about digital technologies. he has taken this venerable institution and profession, journalism, and is looking at them informed by his deep knowledge of digital technology in the digital world, but also with a
is hopeful, our journey goes forward. and the state of our union is strong. >> tonight, president obama delivers this year's address live on c-span. with her preview program starting at 8 p.m. eastern and the president at nine. followed by the gop response and your reaction. the state of the union tonight on c-span, c-span radio and c-span.org. >> i quoted lady bird often but she said the first lady has the podium, and she chose to use it. i think that was her quote. and i think really knowing that, it was after i made the presidential radio address about this, the treatment of women and children and afghanistan by taliban to invite after that i was married. and often dating jenna who was in texas, and we went shopping, and the ladies at the cosmetics counter the work of the cosmetic counter in the department store came up and said thank you so much for speaking for women in afghanistan. and that was really the first time that i thought, hey, they heard me. and i think i knew intellectually that the first lady had a podium, but i didn't really know it until after the. >> ceased its new
president obama and secretary clinton hugged the focus to the asia-pacific, but you have worked with her mother. so my question is to southeast asia and what you share with your vision of how to build brown eyes next year i think burma will be the chair and how to build a to the centrality role in how to work into that. the code of conduct and the rule of law to resolve some of the conflicts? >> i think it would for sure. i have to say since i haven't had a chance to visit burma myself yet, i'm probably less conversant with it than i am at the other major cases we are working on. but clearly there is plenty of opportunity for progress in this phase in the u.s. policy is really trying to drive back. in terms of the rest of southeast asia, right now as we look at future engagement, there are a couple countries we have to be sensitive to and that we are reviewing. but we haven't got much beyond that stage. sorry not to be better informed to answer your question. >> when the back row there. >> thanks, claudia. mr. ambassador, you mention the crowded field out there. [laughter] doing the pre-
. according to president obama's former jobs council, by 2020 would be a million and have jobs without the college graduates to fill them. while there is a persistent unmet demand of four to 500,000 job openings and health care sector alone. recent reports indicate that there are not enough skilled applicants to fill the jobs in the booming natural gas industry. now, suppose colleges provided prospective students with reliable information on the unemployment rate and potential earnings white magic. what if parents have access to a clear and understandable breakdowns between academic studies and amenities? what with those costs be? armed with this knowledge, families and students could make better decisions about where to go to school, and how to budget their tuition dollars. students would actually have a better chance of graduating within four years and getting a job. helping students realize opportunity and a career, while keeping tuition costs low makes common sense. senators rubio and widen have a proposal that they unveiled right here at aei, which addresses this goal. i look forw
with no intervening action or debate, that no further motion be in order, president obama be immediately notified of the senate's action, and the senate then resume legislative session. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection, so ordered. under the previous order, the senate stands in recess until the senate finance committeel approved the name of jack lew of treasury secretary. iowa senator chuck grassley voted against the nomination, citing lew's role in citigroup during the bailout. here is what some of what senator grassley had to say. >> finally, mr. lew, i'm concerned about the attitude of this administration, supporters criticize the senate usually anonymously, exercising basic due diligence regarding this nominee. they don't like anyone questioning them and they don't like answering questions. despite their tactics we must continue to perform their senate vital role of advise and consent. what we've seen so far mr. lew is getting ad being paid by taxpayer supported institutions. citigroup received a taxpayer-funded bailout and gave mr. lew a piece of it on his way out
and what policy the obama administration and congress to propose to help stimulate the economy. this is just getting under way. >> a prime example of our ability to involve experts and debates on topics that are critical to the business community. i'm going to start us off today by queuing a video from christopher giancarlo of the gfi group, our sponsor, for this series. but for some want to make a brief announcement. this series, this economic series that we pose every quarter, has been accredited by the national association of state boards of accountancy to provide continuing professional education, credits for accounting professional. so we are quite excited of that and hopefully you will as well. this accreditation highlights the value of this and other programs that would hold her at the chamber. for more information on that please visit our website, or speak to some of folks outside in the registration desk. after the video i'm going to ask marty to come up directly and begin the program the first award from our sponsor, the gfi group. >> good morning. gfi group is deligh
'm tempted to describe president obama's spending and tax ideas as small ball, but they're worse than that. they represent a conscious decision to neglect some of the most pressing issues that confront our country. you might even say it's a dereliction of duty in the battle to save america. last week, the congressional budget office projected that our gross national debt will increase from $16 trillion in 2012 to $26 trillion in 2023. now, that may seem like a long way off, but just since president obama has been president, the national debt's gone up by 55%, just in the last four years. but if you project that forward to 2023 when some of these young men and women who are working here as pages will be looking at entering the work force and looking at their futures, all they will see ahead of them is debt and a reduced standard of living. this is what lies ahead for all of us unless we embrace real spending cuts and unless we deal with the unfunded liabilities of medicare and social security. now, president obama has a secret strategy for getting our debt under control, we'd all love to he
motion be in order, that president obama be immediately notified of the senate's action and the senate then resume legislative session. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection. mr. reid: i note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. a senator: i ask the call of the quorum be vitiated. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. coats: last night president obama had the opportunity to present to the american people a plan and vision for how he intends to strengthen the state of our union. while i'm pleased he finally turned his focus back to the ongoing jobs crisis in our country, i was left feeling disappointed and frustrated that the president continued to call for higher taxes to pay for more and more government spending. i don't believe the president acknowledges or at least he didn't last evening, the seriousness of our debt and fiscal crisis. we are nearly $16.5 trillion in debt, and $6 trillion of that debt is from the president's spending over the last four years. and he now has four more years to go. yet rather than
secretary of defense. his record of service to this country is untarnished. 12 days later president obama's support for his qualified nominee is still strong. 12 days later the majority of senators still support his confirmation. senate republicans have delayed for the better part of two weeks for one reason: partisanship. at a time when our nation faces threats abroad -- and that's an understatement -- there is a fair and constructive confirmation process. politically motivated delays send a terrible signal to our allies around the world and they send a terrible signal to tens of thousands of americans serving in afghanistan, other parts of the world and people serving in the united states. for the sake of national security it is time to set aside partisanship. the three days across-the-board cuts to defense spending are scheduled to take effect. the pentagon needs a seasoned leader to diplomat these cuts, cuts for which an overwhelmingly majority of republicans in congress voted. the so-called sequester, mr. president, was supported by 174 republicans in the house of representatives, 28
$10.50, i think president obama suggested $9.50 at one point but nothing was ever done about it, it would take a lot of people off of welfare and put 'em back to work. and that's what we really need. >> host: okay. all right. joyce in bethesda near maryland, republican caller not too far from the capitol, go ahead, joyce. >> caller: good morning. >> host: morning. >> caller: and thank you very much for c-span. i wanted to bring out, first of all, we want them to cut spending, but more importantly than that, we want them to address this issue of drugs in our schools. we met with president obama's drug policy staff on the 23rd of january asking them to do this and telling them that we really held them responsible for, actually, treason against children. if you're, if you are violating a and certainly our children everywhere taking, taking into consideration the children in connecticut who were 20 babies killed, and we all believe that somewhere along the line there's a drug issue involved here. >> host: so, joyce, when it comes to spending cuts, are you saying, yeah, we need to cu
of course more unless being passed 20 years later by the obama administration. the obama administration also believes that its experts know that what we need in terms of energy is green energy. so we're going to channel a lot of resources to green energy companies. but it's not just democrats that do this sort of thing. i was writing this morning about how the state of virginia has been trying to centrally plan the love lives of virginians for 100 years. they tried to keep the mentally feeble from reproducing the they tried to keep people of different races from marrying. now to try to keep people of the same sex from marrying. and in all these cases it really is, we experts know better than these people who should marry, who should love, how people should live. we've got a government that subsidizes marriage for some people and bands it for others. that is the fatal conceit. that is central planning. thinking that you can centrally plan love. so with individual rights. we're spontaneous order. and then the third key element is limited government, which is what protects individual rights and
everyone understands -- this is not president obama's sequester. 174 house republicans voted for this. 28 republican senators voted for this. 60% of the senators, 75% of the house members -- republicans -- voted for this. congress has the four avoid these self-inflicting wounds. democrats can't do it alone. republicans must do their part. compromise is never easily but surely it is better than doing nothing at all. the republican leader is recognized for his comments. mr. mcconnell: mr. president? the presiding officer: the republican leader. mr. mcconnell: for months now, i've been coming to the floor to urge my colleagues on the other side to help us replace the president's sequester proposal. yet here we are just two days to go until the cuts hit, and the democrats that control washington still haven't put forward a serious bipartisan plan -- not the president and not his allies in congress. they prefer to keep it alive as a political issue instead. now less than 48 hours before the clock runs out, all we're offered is a gimmicky tax hike that's designed to fail. now, look ... you i ho
that upheld the individual mandate provision of president obama's health care reform legislation, and i'm wondering, for those of us who are observers of the court, apart from the holding in the case, what lessons might we learn from the experience of that case? >> i hope it's a case that will be taught in law schools. i fully expect that my defense saying that this legislation fit within the commerce clause easily, that that will someday become the law of the land. i was astonished, frankly, at the majority view about that case. but i think it's a wonderful teaching tool. and as you know, the law and the meaning was a failed. achieve -- was upheld. the chief justice decided it didn't fit within the commerce power but the tax power is very broad, so what the law calls a penalty was, in fact, a tax and so it was upheld on that basis. so i do think the commerce clause ruling will turn out to be an aberration. and you can compare it to the way it was before 1937. when the court, now referred to as nine old men, and they were striking down economic and social legislation from the states, fr
, this was summarized in a letter to president obama in '09. bilateral, never unilateral. nothing was ever suggested on a unilateral basis or taken down arsenal, negotiate, verifiable. these are the terms that was in the report. as senator nunn said in his opening statement, and i have alluded generally to this, mainstream thinking of most presidents we've had in the last 65 years, and i go back to ronald reagan, ronald reagan's comments as senator nunn quoted was reduction of nuclear weapons for the obvious reasons. that is why we have engaged in treaties to reduce nuclear weapons. those were not unilateral arrangements. those were bilateral arrangements. and i will continue in the transcript on page 121, line two, where senator ayotte asks, here is what's troubling. you have testified before this committee today that you have never been for unilateral nuclear disarmament. in other words, unilateral actions by the united states of america, yet this report itself which you call an illustration, it's illustration our recommendation or however you want to frame it, is to actually, there are many recom
obama talk about this in his state of the union address. pyongyang raises the stakes with his third nuclear tests. what should be our policy towards directory of? >> first of all, we've got to keep in mind that there's a real serious problem. i can go back to 19981 hours watching north korea develop this nuclear capability and they did a multistage rocket that and when they said it would be 15 years. our intelligence had 15 years before they could do it. intelligence has been low and not. we've got to demonstrate clearly that were going to keep her nuclear arsenal going to number two, missile defense system in place. i have to be very critical of president obama and that he's just kind of decimated our whole defense is to an area of her nuclear capability, you have to keep in mind, greta, and you remember the conversation with medvedev when you can tell putin after i'm reelected all have more latitude to do these rings? he's trying to talk about disarmament. the lesson we learned from this is those guys are serious. it's no longer like it was in the cold war we had the the soviet un
the daunting challenges imposed by the new federal health care law. i didn't support obama care, but it's the law of the land, the election is over, and the supreme court has ruled. my job is not to play party politics, but to implement this law in a way that best serves new mexico. [applause] that's why last week i announced we will expand medicaid to cover up to 170,000 more low income new mexicans. [applause] it was the right thing to do. it means expanding the health care safety net to more of those in need, moving care from costly emergency rooms into primary it does not jeopardize the budget outlook. in fact, given our unique population and programs we can expect revenue increases that offset the cost of providing these services. but i've been clear, medicaid expansion is a federal government commitment. and if they should ever break their funding promise, new mexico will not pick up the burden of adults most recently added to the program at the cutting health care for new mexico kids. i will not let those kids pay the price. [applause] another way new mexico can level the playing
-bowles or bowles-simpson, do something. >> my last question is right on the. if not president obama, who? there's a short window here for a reelected president. if the guys are just to doug and this year, can't be done, three years from now there will be a whole new window to get something done. what do you think it will take if not president obama speak with my experience in negotiating the balanced budget agreement in 1996 at the beginning of the president's first term, president clinton's first term, is now is the opportune time. so what we need to do as americans is to quit complaining and push these guys to make a compromise they have to make in order to get something real done that put our fiscal house in order spent as erskine said, he spent hours, and days, in his work as the last person to balance the budget in the united states by working with newt gingrich and dick armey. he often says you only one, but i don't -- but he's that kind of savvy, mr. steady. and if he can't, if you can't, and i admire him deeply, watched him, he's a tremendous man, he's the best of the best, if he with h
. specifically the fact that president obama is putting climate change back on the agenda for washington policymakers urging action in both the inaugural address and the state of the union and saying if congress does not meet to act the targets set forth in cope pen hague again, he will. we listened to some of the conversation between senior hill staff and administration and folks from dough and i like to know what the real significant, and how significant is it that president obama is engaging at this level. >> first of all it is great to see you and great to see everybody here. now, you asked me this question. and actually i think it is really significant that he mentioned climate in both of those occasions because if you, if you think about washington for the last few years, after the attempt to pass broad, comprehensive climate legislation in 2010 there was just no talk about climate. i mean people talked about clean energy and people talked about green jobs and people talked everything else but climate. and i think that was really a mistake. it is sort of, it understates the urgency
of the united states, barack obama. [applause] >> thank you. thank you so much. thank you. thank you very much. please, have a seat. mark, thank you for the introduction. i thought he was going to talk about my gray hair. [laughter] than it is true that my daughters are gorgeous. that's because my wife is gorgeous. [applause] and my goal is to improve my gene pool. to mark and jeff, thank you for your wonderful work on behalf of this breakfast, to all of those who have worked so hard to put this together, to the heads of states, members of congress, and my cabinet, religious leaders, distinguished guests who are outstanding, speaker, who have journeyed to our capital. michelle and i are truly honored to be with you this morning. but before i begin, i hope people don't mind me taking a moment of personal privilege. i want to say a quick word about a close friend of mine and yours, joshua dubois your now, some of you may not know joshua, but josh was been at my side in work and prayer for years now. he is a young reverend, wising years. is worked on my staff dickies done an outstanding job as th
this in both the bush administration and now in the obama administration. clearly, whatever limits, and i think the limits are very severe now on the demilitarized zone dealing with the proliferation question at all, but any prospect of dealing with it i think is nonexistent, as long as the state department maintains this kind of blackout policy and, not only dividing any information about it, but and, frankly, wanted to do with this at all in negotiations with north korea. chris hill took it off the table february agreement. did not mention proliferation. and that's just an example of the situation. so this relationship that north korea has with iran i believe has entered a new and more formidable and threatening stage, frankly, at this point. >> thank you, larry. if there is someone from state department. representing the state department right here. okay. the floor is open. anybody can comment to joe's comment, larry's, argument, what not. the floor is open. raise your hand. identify yourself. okay, would you come up? >> [inaudible] >> standby microphone, please. thank you. >> this question
this week that president obama was opposed to spending cuts. i have the transcript of what he said in committee. he said -- "the president believes no spending, even wasteful spending, should be cut." well, let's look at the facts. through the budget control act of 2011 and several other measures, we have cut spending almost $1.5 trillion in the budget period of next decade. when you include interest savings, the top part, from that reduced borrowing, it comes to $1.7 trillion in spending cuts and associated interest savings. on the revenue side, we have only generated a little over $700 billion from extending ending the bush tax cut for the top 1%, at least over $400,000 in income, and from the associated interest savings. this together puts us $2.4 trillion in deficit reduction toward our goal of $4 trillion in total deficit reduction that most economists agree is needed to stabilize our budget. but notice in the balance between spending cuts and new revenues, spending cuts are ahead by a trillion dollars. the ranking member of the budget committee said that president obama belie
.m. on tuesday, february 12, 2013. committee has scheduled a vote tomorrow afternoon i'm president obama's nomination of chuck hagel to be defense secretary. >> off and when she said she had the podium the first lady has the posting them and she chose to use it. i think i was a quote and i think really knowing that, it was after i made the presidential radio address about this at the trip and of women and children in afghanistan by the taliban and right after that i was here visiting jenna who was in texas. we went shopping and the ladies at the cosmetic counter who worked in the cosmetic counter in the department store came up and said bank you so much for speaking for women in afghanistan. that was really the first time that i thought, they heard me. and i think i knew intellectually that the first lady had a podium but i didn't really know it until i did that. half of the cuts would come from the pentagon and the other half from non-defense discretionary programs. today representatives of the defense contractors educational institutions and other groups held a news conference to call
this accomplished than he is harming the republican party. >> senator mccain, have you talked to president obama about this issue? >> i have not. >> what are the state of relations these days? >> i, i have great respect for the president. i hope and i believe that at some point we will all be meeting with the president on this issue because we need to coordinate with the administration. but, i think, i haven't seen a degree of partisanship overall as there is today but we are showing some signs of bipartisanship. this thing we just did in averting the nuclear option in the senate, this issue, i think that republicans are more inclined to let the process go forward and senator reid is more, more inclined to let us have amendments. i see, i think that when we are down to 11% approval rating, there was a favorability thing, different things are favorable. a colonostomy is viewed more favorably than a member of congress. we're kind of in bad shape to say the least. i won't view that line any further. i got up in line, anybody said in the airport anybody say you look a lot like senator john mccain. i
of health and human services and the obama administration as to what does or does not comply with the dictates of the affordable care act. the only state in a quandary, utah a little far advance, something on the ground and in a few. in shortly governor herbert will be talking not only about the utah exchange but also places in the larger context of what should represent the innovative and effective state-led health policy reform. he will also talk a little bit about utah's approach to medicaid reform and the difficult process trying to get the federal government to buy more flexibility the states. the state utah's overall leadership in promoting market-based patient-centered health care. some of you may recall last month and not widely reported sure, the obama administration actually decided once again to if you can change the product you can change the name. so they decided in the mr. jindal there were no longer be called health exchanges but they would now forth with be called health marketplace. marketplaces -- the official explanation for the was there was because the wo
president obama weighed in urging the group to open its membership to everyone. he agrees. >> the boy scouts are unwilling to lift the ban they simply won't be relevant to a generation that decided to embrace lbgt brothers sisters, coworkers neighbors, friends. >> for now the ban remains in place. scout leaders say they need more time to consider and consult before deciding to whether to everyturn a century old policy. al-jazeera washington. >> that is an except from al-jazeera english, one. news programs that airs on that channel. bob wheelock, what is the lens or voice that your journalists approach their stories with? >> it is not any different from any other broadcaster i don't think. you look for the truth. you look to tell the story for the people and to give them a voice. we will go out and try to find central characters often, to drive a story, to try to give it, you know, something that you can invest in as a viewer. but, you know, essentially on a story like that it is a news story of the day. it is fairly cut and dried. we make a great effort getting all voices in. and then try to
freezing the pay of the federal workers through the end of the year. president obama asked for a half percent pay increase for workers expected to increase next month. the vote was 261 to 154 nays. they also condemned north korea for the reason to appear activities in violation of u.n. resolution to the you can see live coverage of the house on c-span. also want to quickly tell you the house democratic leader nancy pelosi will be having a briefing. live coverage beginning at 1 p.m. eastern on. coming up on c-span3 this afternoon live remotes from the motion picture christopher dodd. former connecticut speaker >> i think the women themselves were interested in politics that have no vehicle to express that in their own lives so they were attracted to men who were going to become politically active or were already politically active. >> i find it intriguing over half of them are precisely because they are so obscure historical a. i think half of these women probably would be almost totally unrecognizable to most. >> this president's day for the historic >>> the senate armed services comm
economy. and it's completely unnecessary. for months president obama and democrats in congress have urged republicans to join with us in negotianegotiating a balanced pe -- a balanced package -- of spending cuts and riff knew increases to -- and revenue increases to head off this sequester. regrettably, we have run up against the same old response from our republican colleagues. obstruction, obstruction, obstruction. an adamant refusal to compromise. they reject the very idea of a balanced approach, insisting that all deficit reduction must come exclusively from cuts to spending and investment, and since they have not gotten their way, they are now willing to allow all the destructive impacts of the sequester to happen. think about it, because it really is breathtaking. republicans would rather allow our economy to lose up to a million jobs than to close a tax loophole that pays companies to move american jobs to foreign countries. they would rather risk jolting the economy back into recession than to close a tax loophole that allows hedge fund managers making hundreds of millions of doll
a panel of scholars to preview president obama's upcoming state of the union address and how foreign policy and national security will be addressed in the president's second term. this is one hour and 20 minutes. >> good afternoon, folks. [inaudible conversations] >> good afternoon, folks. can i please get everybody to sit down and speak quietly? i think we are going to start here. good afternoon, everybody. i am danielle pletka. i am from the american enterprise institute. welcome to our first an annual series of state of the union policy event. every year, aei scholars come together and answer questions that have been raised or are likely to come up. we try to look forward a little bit and think about what the right answers are to the questions that are being posed. it is one of the few events that we do with only aei scholars, although i am very happy to be together with them. i will lay out for you what the other events are at the end of the session. but let the let me introduce the folks that are here with me at the table. first on the far left, so to speak, it is such a stock j
received $7 billion of taxpayer backing. january 29, 2009, president obama remarks on wall street bonuses at the time and said that is the height of your responsibility. it is shameful. he went on to say there would be time to get bonuses that now isn't the time. elsewhere he referred to the bonuses as, quote, obscene. you wrote in a 2010 letter to senator grassley that, quote, the compensation laws in line with other management executives at the firm and similarly complex operations. that seems a little bit to me saying everyone is doing it. unfortunately that kind of reasoning is exactly what led to this financial crisis. three questions related to the compensation let me give them to you and then you can respond to all three. first, can you explain what you did in 2008 that was close to $1 million most of which was a bonus? second what was it about the performance that merited the company that was being propped up by the taxpayers money and are there any records of the performance assessment or are there any assessments of the performance? third, the employment agreement included your
minister shinzo abe met with president obama friday at the white house. after they met, the prime minister talked about their agreement to improve trade relations between the two countries as well as his economic plan for japan dubbed abenomics. the event took place at the center for international studies in washington d.c. he's introduced by the ceo, john hamre. [applause] >> thank you, everybody, for coming. i'm delighted to have you here. my name is john hamre. i'm the president of css. you know, i just have to share with you just this little story. you know, the more important you are in washington, the worse you're treated when you come to a building. you know, any one of you was invited to come in, there was six elevators, you could take any one you wanted. but if you're the prime minister of japan, you have to come on the trash elevator, you know? [laughter] and we make you come down to a reserved room which is junkie and, you know, we make you walk through kind of the catering kitchen. it's just terrible. but that's what it means when you're important, you know? it's called securit
is the executive order on critical infrastructure cybersecurity. president obama announced his executive order at the state of the union address. it occupied a significant portion of my life for the last few months. so it is nice to be able to speak freely about it in public. i want to highlight that executive order is critical infrastructure cybersecurity. so sometimes people ask she, why don't you talk about research or development or workforce education. this isn't our overarching strategy or everything our office is working. we approach critical infrastructure security with respect with respect to cyberthreats. what is the core of the executive order? there are really four parts to i want to highlight. the first is information-sharing. the second is privacy and civil liberties. the third is the cybersecurity framework. and the fourth is the identification of critical infrastructure. let me walk through each of those in turn. first is information-sharing. information-sharing is complicated for the government because i think suzanne mentioned the value and the importance we place on hearing
light the world. and a generation later president obama's first inaugural noted that our ideals still light the world. we americans, we've described ourselves as a beacon of hope, a light in the darkness, our lamp lifted up in welcome and in example. daniel webster years ago said that our founders set the world an example. that was what the founding of america meant. our founders set the world an example. president clinton has pointed out that the power of our example -- the power of that example in the world has always been greater than any example of our power. that was the way bill clinton described it. and when daniel webster said that our founding fathers had set before the world an example, he went on to say this -- and i quote -- "the last hopes of mankind therefore rest with us. and if it should be proclaimed that our example had become an argument against the experiment, the knell of popular liberty would be sounded throughout the earth." i've spoken before about this small globe of ours, the light of dawn sweeping each morning across its face, lighting cities and cottages, b
long-term energy security, president obama needs to approve it. now, without further delay. mr. president, i would ask unanimous consent for just several minutes on another topic in regard to a recipient of the medal of honor from my state of north dakota. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. hoeven: mr. president, i rise today to honor one of our nation's true heroes, army staff sergeant clinton romashay. on monday, the president will present sergeant romashay with our country's highest military award, the medal of honor, for -- quote -- acts of gallantry above and beyond the call of duty, end of quote. clint comes from a long line of military heroes. his father is a veteran of the vietnam war. his grandfather fought in the u.s. army during world war ii. romashay often cites his grandfather as his greatest hero. it wasn't surprising that clint followed his example in joining the army in 1999. staff sergeant romashay showed courage every day that he donned his army uniform, but especially on october 3, 2009, one of the deadliest days of the war in afghanistan. on that
' day, at 9 p.m. eastern and pacific on c-span, c-span radio and c-span.org. >> president obama has signed an executive order establishing voluntary cybersecurity standards that would improve information sharing and bolster collaborative efforts among federal agencies and the private sector. this briefing is 40 minutes. >> good morning, everyone. welcome to the department of commerce. i understand there's still some at the line out there because this is the place to be. the first -- i'm delighted to see the crowd here and delighted to have a chance to be here for part of this important announcement. i want to acknowledge just a few people in the audience. i do stand a large number of congressional staff representing both the senate and the house of representatives, and i think all of you for coming back and also want to particularly acknowledged cam kerry. where is cam? you somewhere here. cam has led the department of commerce's efforts in terms of cybersecurity and in terms of our involvement with all of it. it is cam's work and want to thank you for that, for being here today whe
came up -- it was october, i believe -- what did president obama say? it will not happen. the sequester will not happen. and here we are with no plan to fix it from the white house, no plan to fix it from the democratic majority, who apparently wants to lead this country, wants to be in the majority, wants to justify their leadership position. senator reid has not brought forth, unless it is today -- until this late, late minute, a plan to fix the sequester, an alteration. we've seen the outline, a one one-page outline, but that's it. i would just note -- i think i indicated -- the house has already twice passed legislation months ago that would fix the sequester and not allow this event to occur in the way that it is. they've done their duty. so what's the senate going to do? what are we going to have from the senate? another do-nothing, no budget, no fix to economic threats of america, now no fix to the sequester? the only think w thing we have w is raise taxes? well, the truth is, the way to fix this, the way to do this is to have all the departments and agencies of the government be
liberal folks and most if not all of them voted for obama to the and so i think they share a similar world view as the leaders but i didn't buy the magazine to expand a little outlet. i bought it for that type of journalism that we can do inside of it, which you know, different people can say different things about how that intersects. we did some qualitative. do you know the new republic? do you think it is liberal or conservative? 24% of people said conservative and 22% said the liberal. now as an owner of a magazine it's interesting when in washington and new york a lot of folks will say they used to support the editorial board and the iraq format or this and that and it's a very conservative. other people will have the opposite viewpoint and what i always end up saying is we don't have a party line anymore. we have a lot of reporters and a lot of different opinions and hopefully each one of them can help, some of them you love and hate that some of them will change how you think about the world around you. >> for you going to write a column or have anything in an explicitly? >> i haven
these and not undermine the market. it is a remarkably tough thing to do which is why for example president obama i think rightly puts in the labor law enforcement along with the work site enforcement. these things are very difficult to manage and finally, again, given the argument for why we need the bilateral management, one of the reasons mexico's jargon cultural program of canada has worked is that it's been tough loved. they basically singled of married men, which ups the likelihood that it is going to return. they've also got to the mexican government involved so if you do not return coming you don't qualify to re-enter the candidate to work again. i don't see the u.s. putting this kind of practices and to place. that is another reason that it's difficult to basically liberalize programs because the intent of the temporary program is people will return. getting that to happen is a system of challenge. >> i'm sorry to announce we have almost come to the end of our time here. but we do have just a couple of minutes for one last question. so, we could take one from this side of the aisle and i would b
to speak at the u.s. stage in cancun in negotiations or in copenhagen back with president obama and other leading officials around the world gathered. >> the state efforts have accelerated, and we have unique relationship with the states. >> we created an clearinghouse that has 1000 entries, and people can just search us free and they can find states that have climate action plans on the books so they can develop their own plans. we also something of a transportation climate initiative which consists of -- the energy, the environment and the transportation agencies are all working together to introduce the energy juice that comes from the transportation sector while creating more sustainable energy. it's not unusual for us to get the policy out, department of homeland security to come over and talk to them about work. we also bring to the faculty some opportunity, it's cutting edge. >> we co-authored an article for the american bar association book that was published last summer. >> one thing that we've been talking about within georgetown is the opportunity to really have georgetown have
for all of your work to make that happen. >> in the state of the union address, president obama smoke of spoke of a smarter government. our priorities should be making progress with manufacturing. the wireless sector is one that can promote tremendous growth. in 2011, this industry was responsible for creating 3.8 million jobs, or 2.6% of all domestic employment. according to other reports, this relatively young sector now contributes more to the nation's gdp than the agriculture, air transportation, and motor vehicle manufacturing industries. promoting growth in the sector can greatly advance the president's domestic policy goals. under the chairman of leadership, the commission has been adopting innovation policies to promote broader deployment and adoption of mobile broadband services. these include the data roaming order, the wifi proceedings, the interoperability in the lower 700 megahertz band perceiving and health initiatives and learning on the go private program. this also includes the five gigahertz band, which is another prime example of how this policy can advance growth i
then of course returned to public service as the o.m.b. director for president obama and as chief of staff. he has the experience we need to be secretary of the treasury, and he has the political know-how to bring us together, democrats, republicans americans to do what's right for this country. mr. president, i am proud that he's willing to step forward. i urge my colleagues to support his nomination. he is the right person at the right time to lead our nation on fiscal policy. with that, i would yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from montana. mr. baucus: mr. president i ask consent that there be ten minutes remaining for debate equally divided in the usual form on the lew nomination, that following the use or yielding back of time the senate proceed to vote. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. baucus: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from montana. mr. baucus: mr. president early today i spoke in support of jack lew's nomination to be the next treasury secretary. over the last six hours or so, some have come to the senate floor to question mr. lew'
're punting. as president obama said yesterday, it would simply raise the question "do you end funding that helps disabled children or poor children? do i close this naval shipyard or that one?" it is not a solution and even members of the republican caucus have questioned this proposal, and they've said so publicly. and, mr. president, why would they -- the republicans, part of the legislative branch of government -- cede more power to the white house? republicans should give congress true flexibility, flexibility to cut wasteful subsidies, flexibility to close down necessary tax hoo loopholes, and flexibility to ask the richest of the rich to contribute a little bit more. instead, they've completely become inflexible insisting we risk hundreds of thousands of american jobs as well as programs that strengthen families and small businesses across the nation. but that should, mr. president, i'm sorry to say, come as no surprise. as usual, the republicans have put the demands of special interests -- the richest of the rich, people making up to $5 million a year, not being asked to contri
to tweet us, it's c-span wj. if you want to e-mail us, journal@c-span.org. what's the obama administration's approach to border security? >> guest: it's very interesting because now border security's becoming very complex. there's a strong border security component to the immigration reform bill that's being discuss ed and to the proposal that was put together by the so-called gang of eight senators who sat down in a bipartisan way and came up with a new proposal. their border security component is somewhat specific, and their whole immigration reform package hinges on securing that border. the obama administration proposal has more to do with interior enforcement, with changing laws of how we enforce verification of employment, the fact that people are here in the united states legally, all that kind of thing. and it's less specific on the border element of that. now, to me the whole hinge centers around what is a secure border. i mean, what is border security? and, in fact, there's no definition. it's subject to different interpretations, and what they're doing in the senate proposal whi
to the white house. they'll be meeting with president obama and first lady michelle obama. vice president joe biden and his wife jill will also address the governors, and that'll happen at about 10:45 eastern. we will have live coverage of that here on c-span2. and we have more now from the national governors' association session focused on education, specifically the training, recruitment and retention of teachers and education leaders. governors heard from two presenters on the subject, co-director of the advocacy group public interest and an education scholar with the american enterprise institute. the discussion was led by connecticut governor dan malloy who chairs the national governors' association education and work force committee, also vice chair iowa governor terry branstad. this entire session lasts about an hour and a half. we'll show you as much of it as we can until the event with the president, and that'll happen in 45 minutes. >> the meeting of the national governors' association education and work force committee is called to order. thank you for joining us today. i'm daniel
obama corley explains it needs to be comprehensive and lead to address the undocumented population and he might have seen president obama's speech about undocumented immigration and what he gets on that front. my sense is it is fundamentally politics and remember flights of the population that is foreign born, a decent number are part of the electorate and very engaged and this comes down to a matter of recognition and respect. there was a lot of bipartisan legislation being done at the start up visa and things like that and i think you are right. a piecemeal approach would be totally sane but from the perspective of the lobbyist it makes a lot of sense, let's try to attack this all at once part the because if you attach the attractive piece of legislation and consider the affordable care act, you saw a similar dynamic. if you saw just coverage expanding provisions in one lot it wouldn't look improving. you only have the revenue provisions of the affordable care act it looks like a massive tax greed. combine those with single piece of legislation it starts to look attractive. is th
, if barack obama had been caught doing some stuff he was doing, that he said in his own autobiography that he did, he wouldn't have been the president and the victim of implicit, explicit, subtext wall, above-ground, beneath ground, forms of bias. he is a study in all of it converging simultaneously. everything you want, everything. is right with him, right? [applause] too black. not black enough. right? too much swag, not enough courage. everything you want. every litmus test you can engage but the tragedy is, that, that the man who wrote one of the most brilliant books on race has been muzzled in the white house because of the fear of a dominant culture, of a black president or a president who happens to be black, and the knowledge that he could impart. it is like having michael jordan in the white house and can't talk about basketball. well that ain't what i'm supposed to do. i want to thank this panel for their brilliance and their insight and i want to thank you all for continuing to do a great job. [applause] >> coming up live today on the c-span networks, beginning here on c-span2 biel
show. more programming next week. >> just ahead, president obama speaks at a ceremony honoring recipients of this year's national medals for science, technology and innovation. after that we're live with a national health policy conference with industry leaders and representatives of government who will discuss what to expect in health care policy this year. and later more live coverage as former first lady laura bush speaks at the susan g. komen for the cure's global women's cancer summit. >> at age 65 she was the oldest first lady when her husband became president, but she never set foot in washington. her husband, benjamin harrison, died just one month after his inauguration. meet anna harrison and the ore women who served as first lady over 44 administrations in c-span's new original series, "first ladies: influence and image, their public and private lives and their influence on the president." produced with the white house historical associate, season one begins presidents' day, february 18th, at 9 p.m. eastern and pacific on c-span, c-span radio and c-span.org. [applause
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